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Pneumothorax

  • Labs

    • CXR
  • Treatment

    • needle thoracostomy if suspect tension pneumo
    • O2 2-4 L/min via NC
    • if small, then try needle aspiration
    • tube thoracostomy and admission
  • ED discharge criteria

    • small primary pneumothorax
    • stable for 6 hours (repeat CXR shows no enlargement or recurrence s/p needle aspiration)

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